Choosing your health care provider for birth is so important and should be high on your priorities along with childbirth education.

Obstetricians are highly trained and specialists in surgical procedures.

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They would be the first to admit that when it comes to “normal birth” then the experts in this area are midwives.

Midwives are highly trained professionals when it comes to normal birth.

Just because you have private health care, doesn’t mean that you have to book in with an Obstetrician and it doesn’t mean that you are going to get the best outcomes by having one.

If you do not have any medical conditions and you are considered low risk then the Community Midwifery Program, Birth Centre, Home Birth or even an Independent Midwife would be far more beneficial than having an Obstetrician.

Don’t forget to include Doula Support Services as well.

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Nobody can predict the outcome of your birth, but with preparation, education, and research you can give yourself the very best chance of a “normal birth” if that is what you want.

My suggestion is to book in for childbirth education such as Hypnobirthing, rather than spending hours on choosing a pram (which you can always take back), so you can learn all about your birth and take the fear out of making choices for you and your baby.

A good documentary to watch is The Face of Birth – Click on the image to watch a short preview:

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Funnily enough, there are Obstetricians out there that totally agree and say that midwives are indeed the experts in normal birth.

Here is what one Obstetrician had to say recently….click on the link to read more…..

Midwives Rock: Confession of a Ob/Gyn Pysician

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It is your body, your baby and your choice.

There are so many birthing options in Western Australia that are overlooked or not suggested to women when they confirm their pregnancy. Many are automatically referred to a private Obstetrician and not given all the options that are available to them. Here is a link to the Birthing Options that are available here in Western Australia – just click on the link to find out more……

Birthing Options in Western Australia

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Now let’s look at some statistics for Western Australia.

We have been waiting in anticipation for the latest statistics and here is the 31st Annual Report of the WA Midwives Notification System – September 2015 if you wish to have a look at all the statistics. Keeping in mind that these statistics and information are for 2013, released in September 2016. It seems bizarre that with all the technology that we have today, we can’t get a better and more current reporting system. Just click on the link to find out more……

WA Mothers & Babies Annual Report

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From the Annual Report I have extracted the information into an easy reference table, so it shows the actual total number of births at each hospital, the vaginal births they had and the caesarean sections that were performed for each hospital. Just click on the link to find out the breakdown – it will really surprise you……

Latest Caesarean Rates for WA

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Thanks to my friend and hypnobirthing colleague Pip Wynn Owen from Birth Savvy for doing up this great reference chart on the caesarean rates here in Perth from the report (shared with permission). You can read her article as well by clicking on the Birth Savvy link.

Keep in mind that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that Caesarean rates should be between 10%-15%.

So what is going on here in Australia?

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These days it is so very important for women to be informed, educated and confident if they are pursuing a normal birth, particularly if they are birthing in a private hospital with a private Obstetrician.

You can gain confidence, knowledge and tools and techniques by attending one of my hypnobirthing classes.

Call me on (08) 9303 9111 or email vicki@vickihobbs.com for more information.

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